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Judicial Review Panels

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IMQ assists hospitals and other healthcare facilities by providing independent physician panelists to serve on judicial review panels and facilitate the judicial review process. Using IMQ’s physician panelists often enables hospitals and other healthcare organizations to fill their panels with objective, qualified physicians who are free of any conflict of interest. It also enables organizations to complete judicial reviews in a more timely manner because the IMQ panelists are available for consecutive days.

In certain disciplinary actions, physicians are entitled by California law to a fair hearing by their peers. In some situations, hospitals struggle to provide unbiased judicial review panels. IMQ’s Judicial Review service meets that need by providing three or more qualified, independent physician panelists of the appropriate specialty to hear evidence.  Based on information presented during the hearings, the judicial review panel participates in post-hearing deliberations and the creation of a final report under guidance of the hearing officer.  Judicial review hearings may be held in any area of the state, and each is projected to last three to five consecutive days.

For additional information on IMQ’s Judicial Review service or on applying for consideration as a physician panelist, please contact Leslie Iacopi liacopi@imq.org or 415-882-5167.